If allotted a daily budget of $4 for at least two meals, how would you fare? Signed up for the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge in observation of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, a Washington state couple Audrey and Connor Williams found out firsthand the limitations of sticking to this budget for a week. Even pooling together their resources didn’t lend them any more flexibility in what they were able to eat.

SNAP has come out with new tools, like an online recipe bank, to help with the challenge of creating balanced meals within the financial constraints. Audrey, for instance, relied on the resource to pull together a peanut and sweet potato soup. She signed herself up for the challenge as she figured she’d “walk the walk” as a nutrition educator at the Clark County Food Bank.

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week runs from November 10 to 18. Since this August, the federal food stamp program has added 420,863 new recipients, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture. As Audrey points out, “Many SNAP clients turn to emergency sources, like food banks, toward the end of each month: because their SNAP benefits have run out.” To help your community, consider volunteering your time and/or donating to a local food bank.

[via The Seattle Times]